I couldn’t resist the Bruno the Bear Crochet Kit by Rico. You get everything you need to crochet a lovely multi coloured teddy bear, except for the stuffing. As well as the cotton aran yarn, you get a 3.5mm crochet hook, needle and neckerchief.
The instructions, although in several languages, are a bit sparse. The pattern for Bruno Bear is also in the November 2012 issue of Woman’s Weekly Knitting & Crochet in much more detail, so I followed that one instead.
I found Needle Noodles’ jogless stripe technique invaluable for making the changeover between stripes barely noticeable. I wish patterns for striped projects in the round would include tips like this – it makes such a difference to the end result. Unfortunately, I only came across this technique after I had made the body of the bear (the largest part!) but I was able to hide the colour changes fairly well under one of Bruno’s arms.
I had a spot of bother with one of the legs, and that’s when I realised that the kit pattern and the magazine pattern were slightly different in places. But I think my bear turned out OK in the end. I also ran out of pink yarn and had to buy an extra ball to complete the bear. I had a fair bit of most of the other colours left over, so I’m not sure what happened – maybe I was short because I followed the magazine pattern. Given these issues, I’d give this kit 4 out of 5.
This Bruno the Bear kit is currently available from Amazon and several other websites. Bruno is part of Rico’s Patchwork Family and there are other crochet kits available including Lenny the Rabbit and Ted the Dachshund. There is also a booklet available with patterns for all 9 characters.more info